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apple and 14 nations. a piece operation. it is about ringing nations together to be able to interact and interrelate. kilometers -- >> we will leave this event here. you can see all the on our website. the u.s. house is about to gavilan for speeches and legislative business. now live to the house floor. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., september 15, 2014. i hereby appoint the honorable thomas e. petri to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to the order of the house of january 7, 2014, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour ebate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties with each party limited to one hour and each member other than the majority and minority leaders and the minority whip imited to five minutes each, but in no event shall debate ontinue beyond 1:50 p.m. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. gallego, for five minutes. mr. gallego. thank you, mr. speaker. today as we continue our journey through the 23rd district as i take viewers on a one-minute journey through the district, through its towns, cities, culture and its people, this morning i have the great privilege of highlighting fabin, texas. it is located in the mission
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valley of el paso. as of the 2010 census had a population of 8,257. it's about 30 miles southeast of el paso, located along the rio grande river and i-10. known as home of the wildcats, it has long been a fierce competitor and a competitor of my own alpine bucks. i remember when they lost them to faben in my senior year of high school in 1980. i don't know if they ever forgotten that football game. kids are competitors. the prowess is known far and wide. the history of the community itself dates from the late 19th century. though in 1665, a mission branch known as san francisco de los sumas was located southeast of the future site. a stage coach station was in
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operation about three miles northeast of the site before 870. and in the 1870's two people wned a farm known as the mex cital. it was sold to e.s. new mexican and the first permanent settler became perez. mr. perez himself owned a small farm, opened a small store and shortly therefore when the galveston-san antonio railway washingtonned a water pumping station the community began to grofmente in 1906 this store became the very first post office. -- fabens, texas
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had a few section houses for the railroad employees, two stores. in 1914 the estimated population was only about 100. but the next two years brought many to the area as people began fleeing the mexican revolution. the town site was laid out in 1911 but the development didn't really happen until the fabens town site and improvement company bought it in 1915. the completion in 1916. franklin canal and the subsequent rise in cotton prices during world war i, that attracted a number of wealthy visitors to the area. the rolling fields of the area necessaryled in the shadow of the mountains to the west and immediately adjacent to the rio grande were and still are perfect for farming. the estimated population rose from 50 in 1925 to 2,000 two years later despite a major flood at that time. and the price of cotton dropping and raising has all
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impacted and going -- all impacted fabens. during the great depression, the estimated population to fabens fell to 1,600 but in the 1930's it fell and fell but at the end of the 1930's by about 1939 it had started its upward trend again. part il, 1972, fabens was of the film "the getaway." it starred steve mcqueen and alley mcgraw. there was explosions and car chases and shootouts. the film became a success and earned a big sum for those days of $25 million at the box office. today, fabens is also home to one of the most popular restaurants, cattleman's steakhouse. it serves delicious food and it, too, has played a role in several movies. it is also the home of jockey
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bill schumaker. kids are served by the fabens independent school district and known as the wildcats. many teachers in the fabens i.s.d. got their degree from salra state university. perhaps that's why i'll always feel so at home in fabens. the next time you are in the 23rd district of texas, i ask you to go to fabens, learn the history of fabens and all of west texas. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, for five minutes. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'd like to offer half a cheer for the recent news that the benchmark price for a, quote, silver level obamacare plan, end quote, will drop very slightly in f.y.
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2015. while only half a cheer? as economics writer megan recently noted, contrary to optimistic early reports, that doesn't mean that everyone's costs are falling. consumers will have to be attentive to make sure their costs don't go up. the worse news, we won't actually know what affect the affordable care act is having on insurance prices until 2017 when a bunch of temporary subsidies for insurers expire, end quote. she goes on to note that the various risk corridors and other incentives which the obama administration created to get insurers to participate in obamacare are preventing us from knowing the real costs of the president's disastrous health care law. mccardle writes, it's not very risky for insurers to write a policy that loses a bunch of money because your losses are
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capped at a few percent. starting in 2017, all that changes. insurers are going to need to price policies with the expectation of making money and the fear of losing it, end quote. mr. speaker, i'll pause for a moment to note that socialized losses combined with private profits are a hallmark of the crony capitalism of the obamacare era. sadly, even in these heavily subsidized years, americans are still suffering from price shock on their health insurance plan. as a constituent recently wrote to me, virginia, here we go again. i just received a letter from my health insurance carrier that my policy will no longer be available after december 31, 2014, due to not being a.c.a. compliant. i will now be looking at $600 month premiums as i am not eligible for a subsidy because
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i could go on my wife's policy r $650 a month, $600 a month would be over 20% of my take-home pay. we need your help to keep our current plan as promised or change the a.c.a., end quote. obamacare's problems extend beyond high prices. i recently received a letter from a constituent, a middle-aged woman recovering from breast cancer who was simultaneously dealing with the consequences of obamacare and the obama economy. in 2013 i was laid off from a job i had for almost eight years. i opened a business instead of drawing unemployment. this year the building i was leasing was sold and the new owners would not let me stay. my life's savings went into building this and now it was gone. no money to start over about the same time i find out i had breast cancer. i tried to sign up for obamacare the month before, but because my husband and i file
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our taxes separately i did not qualify for subsidies regardless of my cancer. so here i am, no insurance, no income with breast cancer. i do not qualify for disability because i don't expect to be disabled for at least 12 months. i do not qualify for medicaid because of the guidelines for that. i have paid my taxes and worked hard all my life and my government does not care about that. is this messed up or what? mr. speaker, the law is messed up. the unintended consequences of obamacare continue to pile up for hardworking americans across the country. when will this administration learn that it does not have the knowledge or ability to effectively, efficiently and fairly manage the economic and health care choices of over 300 million americans from
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washington? i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until 2:00 p.m. today. let congress authorize war against isis. he says, before he goes to war, barak obama should go to congress. i want to turn to lauren french
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a congressional reporter with politico. with congressing this week? is there a vote scheduled? guest: that is really still being worked out. language circulated showing lawmakers were ready to transfer equipment to these rebels, these moderate rebels that obama has identified, but they are still working through some of the details or plans and whether or not it can be attached to the resolution. there is a lot of desire to to show those two votes whether the u.s. is serious about those actions against isil. they want to take this serious. which chamber would take this up first and is there a
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enough time before congress is set to adjourn? guest: that is the big question about timing. there are five days left. kevin mccarthy had lawmakers come back in early today. they worked landing on being in session on monday today. it was going to be a four-day week. the house is going first and the senate following closely behind. close timetable. not because it takes congress long to do anything, but because there are rules. even if they are moving as quickly as possible it could take days. there is a tight deadline that everyone should be watching to see whether they can pass something before friday are whether they might have to come in next week. want to show some headlines and opinion pieces already on the idea of a separate vote and authorizing of military strikes, a new vote on that. what is the talk among members
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of congress on when and if that would happen? guest: i'm sorry you cut out there, so i only heard the first part. host: the authorization of use of force. is there any schedule on when that vote might take place? big talksolutely, the is if they do vote on arming those moderate syrian rebels, that the focus would be on military force that would likely happen after the election. we are talking lame duck. which will make for a boring lame duck session. ,uite busy, quite exciting quite heated. that gives the obama the ability to amp up this military conflict. there is no way this will happen before the election. lawmakers don't want to take that tough vote beforehand. before everyone is set to
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leave for campaign season. that would be a lame duck action. on capitol hill, what will we see from members of the obama administration coming up to answer questions? guest: there are a set of briefings already scheduled area there will be more of those and to personn communication. you saw obama and kerry really hitting it and calling republicans and calling democrats to push this forward. you can bet those conversations will continue and a lot of pressure to finish by friday. host: outside of this debate, what are the other must do accurate items that congress has to do before leaving to campaign? that is the continuing resolution. if that doesn't get past we are on the brink of another government shutdown. there are lingering questions
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about the reauthorization of the x m. democrats are angry that there is only a temporary extension. they see that is a move to eventually kill the bank's authorization and get rid of it. there is a lot of debate happening among the democratic caucus about what to do there. republicans aren't thrilled with any authorization of that bank come up so that might key up the continuing resolution. big thing thatt everyone needs to get finished before they go home. host: we will keep watching >> the house will be back for legislative business for work on expansion bills, including one reauthorizing childcare subsidies for low income families. another bill proposing criminal
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penalties for tracking him properly you labeled anabolic steroids. the senate today will return at 2:00 eastern. ensuring men and women will receive the same pay for the same work. you can see the senate on c-span2. coming up in just over 10 minutes, live coverage of remarks from a documentary filmmaker, ken burns, who will be speaking at the national press club today about his latest project, the roosevelts. at 12:30, live on our companion network on c-span2. today at the white house, president obama is awarding the medal of armor -- o -- the metal of honor. ceremony is scheduled at 1:30 eastern live on c-span three. bill and hillary clinton
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headline this weekend on sunday. senator tom harkin of iowa is retiring in january after 30 years in the senate. cousin other campaign? [indiscernible] >> i like it. i have been out there quite a bit. i was enjoying. >> get out your phone. you should try to call.
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>> how are you? [indiscernible] >> we reached a number of african-american groups, under registered. out -- need to go >> can you tell is to come back over here? >> well, we're still in the poll. we are on pins and needles about it. >> i was asking your husband how hard it is to be around all of this.
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>> he has done great ever since he has had to change his diet. i am still a meat eater. i will go enjoy some of that stake and a bit of iowa beef. great to see you all. thanks. we will be doing a lot and we have already started. we will make the case as best we can across the country. so much is at stake in the election. bill and i will have something to say about that when we speak in a few minutes. >> what you come back to iowa again? >> we will do what we can. thanks. how are you? this whole event -- should be the next senator -- he has got the record and the right values and the commitment. candidate.'s a good
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[indiscernible] >> get to keep it. very important. the average person, just think about it, the full-time job making --
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he did that in 1999. calledther, tom and i .is rather -- his brother. [indiscernible] just two members of the congress who supported me most strongly. notou know, over 20 years
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just things that directly relate , but on these big issues. one of the things i think is he knew i looked at the what the budget was on what you ought to spend money on, and maximize our ability -- -- do you remember the one standing in the front row?
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? at the moment. not at the moment. [applause] [indiscernible] and he cares about people and he figured out what should empower them. this gentleman is a dealmaker.
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-- i hope not. >> he said this. ideologically, a diverse committee. paulve everyone from rand and everything in between, and ,et we produce more legislation 16 bills signed on, the last one being workforce investment that we worked five years and we made a deal. and i never gave up my progressivism. i never give up my political leanings. but we have got a good workforce that does more for people with disabilities.
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it gives them the job training and the coaching they need. >> that is one of the things the american people are thinking about in the elections. >> are they not seeing or hearing us? >> everyplace in america, good things are happening. conservative. things are happening.
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whether it comes from conflict and gridlock, one of the badges of honor. a very good guy. just got back -- do what needs to be done. [indiscernible]
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that makes them want to put their life on the line. >> all right. >> four years. i'm just telling you. look at his record. it is very consequential. [laughter] [indiscernible] you're asking the wrong thing right now. >> thank you. >> thanks, guys. >> come on.
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>> that is the issue. >> bill out of their. >> got a run. thanks, bill.
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>> we appreciate it. >> thank you. >> hello. how are you? >> thanks. >> thank you, guys. thank you. how are you? >> good. >> one of the few the democrats could pick up. any thoughts? >> start with telling their stories. what can be done? >> thank you again. >> thanks, guys. had a real race in a while. >> outside money -- in arkansas? >> a bad idea. but it is ok to put a for-sale sign.

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